Can we turn trash into treasure?

16 February 2021

Smart Solutions Are Smart Business

An estimated 8 million metric tones of plastic enters our ocean every year, and that figure is predicted to double in the next ten years if something isn’t done. A problem this large can’t be solved by one government, one company or one organization – it requires an all-hands-on-deck approach.

Last week, Ocean Conservancy released a ground-breaking study: Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean. The report outlines a specific path forward for the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of plastic waste in the ocean. The report is a signature initiative of the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, an effort of Ocean Conservancy to unite industry, science and conservation leaders who share a common goal for a healthy ocean free of trash.

The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) is one of the newest members of the Alliance, and was one of the partners that made this report possible. We recently sat down with Hermann Erdmann, (CEO of REDISA) to discuss the importance of trash collection.

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